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Rash of thefts targeting critical firefighting equipment: Vancouver police

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Vancouver police are raising the alarm about a rash of thefts that could put lives at risk.

Police say thieves are targeting a specialized piece of firefighting equipment built into high-rise buildings, apparently for its value as metal salvage.

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The equipment, known as standpipe connections, are used by firefighters to feed water to the upper floors of a tower during a fire.

“Vancouver Fire Rescue Services is deeply concerned about the theft of metal fire department connections from buildings,” Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services Capt. Jonathan Gormick said in a media release.

“The illegal removal of these puts occupants of the building at high risk.”

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The majority of the thefts have occurred in downtown Vancouver and the Downtown Eastside, according to police.

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Vancouver police said they believe there are more thefts that have yet to be reported, and are asking building managers and occupants to check their properties for damage.

Anyone missing a connector, or with information about the thefts, is urged to call the VPD.